Just think of it this way - next time you touch a piece of gold, it is like touching a piece of a star!
A new study from researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics might solve the long-standing mystery of the origin of gold, by proving the gold is produced by cataclysmic star collisions that occur once every 10,000 years. It has been a long-standing mystery where gold comes from and this research casts doubt on the traditional view that gold is produced in a supernova.
What appears to be needed to produce gold, the researchers say, is a violent event—specifically the clash of two neutron stars, which causes a black hole. (Neutron stars are the dead cores of stars that previously exploded as supernovae.) When these collide, they produce a gamma ray burst, which creates heavy elements—including gold.
Spokesman, David Berger, said these collisions occur once every 10,000 to 100,000 years, but produce as much as 10 moon masses worth of gold. That’s a lot of bling, also saying that the amount of gold produced by these collisions could be worth, at today’s prices, as much as 10 octillion dollars. Mr. Berger said that while it’s possibly that a fraction of the world’s gold may be produced in supernovas, if we look all the gold produced, coming from this rate of occurrence, we believe we can account for all the gold in the universe.
Courtesy of JCK Magazine and photo courtesy of gold.org